Last week, in Part One I pulled CAT6E network cable between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.
I need to get this bit to come out on the
Now let’s finish the job!
Okay now I’m going to put the patch panel
It’s a little bent because it is so thin and I got it on TaoBao for a very cheap price.
But I think it will work.
Now I’m going to put these jacks on the cable. They’re a bit pricey, but they are really good.
Ok, now lets test it.
Ok now I just have to test all the pairs,
make sure I got all the wires right.
Ok looks good, now for the third floor.
Ok and third floor is good also.
Usually, I just label everything in English
because it’s fun as an English speaker.
But my business is growing and maybe someday I will hire people and
they might not read English or they can’t understand it.
So I think I should be more careful these days and label it in both, in Chinese and English.
So I’m going to put labels on these cables, in both languages, just in case,
maybe someday, someone works here or maintains something,
you never know who ends up working on these cables.
And it’s always a good idea to put labels on it,
because you think you’ll always remember what is what but end up forgetting what is
what so it’s better to put labels on it to
keep everything neat and tight.
Ok now I’m going to do that. I already connected to the Bluetooth on my printer.
In cable management there’s different schools of thought as to velcro or zip-ties.
Different people swear by each in different applications.
The rule of thumb I learned is velcro whenever
it’s a data line attached to a fixed object.
I always use zipties for power line management
since if it starts flopping around it could
spark and catch fire/
If the cable is mounted on a cart, like my mobile workstation, or a 3D printer, velcro tends to work loose.
But this is data, and it’s not being moved,
and there’s a really good chance I’m going
to want to change things around at some point- so we’re going to velcro things.
If you decide to use zip-ties for something make sure they’re cut absolutely smooth so you don’t scrape
up your arm reaching in and around them.
Ok I’ve got this 12 volt backup battery.
If I lose power this should last an hour for my router, my NAS and my modem.
Last but not least, I’m going to plug in the
It’s always a good idea to have an IP camera in or on your network or server cabinet.
It’s obviously a perfect target for troublemakers so you’ll want that video uploading off-site.
I stream to a cloud service, store one copy on the Synology NAS and mirror the files from
there to an anonymous offshore VPS.
And of course, always wear clothes in here, physically disable the audio
and never enter passwords where the camera can see because really
I don’t consider any IP camera that isn’t air-gapped to be secure.
As a rule of thumb, assume all guns are loaded,
all AC lines are carrying power, and all cameras are streaming live to millions of viewers on YouTube.
I’m using a small uninterruptible power supply,
that means that even if someone flips the circuit breaker to the room to kill the power
I’ll still have video. The Synology router has dual WAN so we’ll setup 4G-fallback later
just in case someone gets cute and cuts our fiber to kill our camera upload.
Now that everything is wired in on the second floor, I’m going to go back to the first and third floors.
I’d just like to take a second to tell you
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Ok, I’ve got a wifi access point on the first
and third floor,
they are attached to the router on the second floor.
Lets take a look at our network in the Synology web app.
You can access it on your phone also but I don’t like putting any sort of root passwords into my phone.
Too hard to secure.
This video was a little different, do you like household stuff?
Let me know in the comments.
Until next time remember if I can do it- anyone can do it.